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Support groups open women’s access to farm technologies in northeast India

March 12, 2019

Self-help groups in Bihar, India, are putting thousands of rural women in touch with agricultural innovations, including mechanization and sustainable intensification, that save time, money, and criti …


New infographics illustrate impact of wheat blast

February 18, 2019

Wheat blast is a fast-acting and devastating fungal disease that threatens food safety and security in the Americas and South Asia. First officially identified in Brazil in 1984, the disease is widesp …


Experts identify policy gaps in fertilizer application in India

December 21, 2018

A dialogue in New Delhi facilitated discussion on innovations for promoting balanced application of macro and micro nutrient fertilizers in Indian agriculture.


New publications: Climate change impact and adaptation for wheat protein

December 11, 2018

Globally, wheat provides around 20 percent of the calories and protein in human diets. By mid-century, crop production must increase by 60 percent to meet global food demand and help reduce hunger, a …


A wheat self-sufficiency roadmap for Ethiopia’s future

December 5, 2018

Mechanization could boost Ethiopian wheat production and provide youth with new job opportunities. (Photo: Gerardo Mejía/CIMMYT) The Ethiopian government announced recently that the country should bec …


New Soil Intelligence System for India provides high-quality data using modern analytics

December 4, 2018

K.V. Naga Madhuri, Principal Scientist for Soil Science at Acharya N. G. Ranga Agricultural University (front), explains soil spectra during the opening of the soil spectroscopy lab at the Regional Ag …


How women are unlocking the potential of maize in Mayurbhanj, India

July 5, 2018

In the tribal belt of Mayurbhanj, Odisha, maize cultivation is becoming increasingly popular. Thousands of acres of fallow upland areas are suitable for maize cultivation during the kharif (monsoon) s …


New systems analysis tools help boost the sustainable intensification of agriculture in Bangladesh

December 4, 2017

In South Asia, the population is growing and land area for agricultural expansion is extremely limited. Increasing the productivity of already farmed land is the best way to attain food security.


New Publications: Addressing conflict through community resource management

October 26, 2017

A new study examines the role of collective resource management in conflict.


Farm Mechanization and Conservation Agriculture for Sustainable Intensification

February 17, 2016

Agricultural intensification is both a need and an opportunity for countries in sub-Sahara Africa. For intensification to occur sustainably — with minimum negative environmental and social consequenc …


Modeling Africa’s agricultural future

January 8, 2016

CIMMYT held its second training workshop on “Crop Modeling under Uncertain Climate,” from 7-11 December 2015 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.


Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia enters Phase III: focus on scalability and strategic partnerships

November 13, 2015

In eastern India, CSISA increased adoption of early sowing of wheat and zero tillage by demonstrating the benefits in farmers’ fields. Photo: Vinaynath Reddy. Growth rates of staple crop yields in Sou …


Supporting sustainable and scalable changes in cereal systems in South Asia

November 9, 2015

The rates of growth of staple crop yields in South Asia are insufficient to meet the projected demands in the region. With 40 percent of the world’s poor living in South Asia, the area composed of eas …


Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia

September 14, 2015

Intensive cereal cropping systems that include rice, wheat and/or maize are widespread throughout South Asia. These systems constitute the main economic activity in many rural areas and provide staple …


CIMMYT-Bangladesh showcase technology at national fair

July 6, 2015

Bangladesh’s Minister of Agriculture Motia Chowdhury (3rd from left) visited the CGIAR Pavilion while inaugurating the National Agricultural Technology Fair held in Dhaka on 5-7 April 2015. In the pho …


Combatting hidden hunger is key to boosting good nutrition

June 8, 2015

Food security is of paramount importance, but what about nutritional security?


Well-positioned for next phase, CSISA India plans for monsoon cropping season

June 1, 2015

As Phase II of the Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA) draws to a close in India, it is well positioned for a Phase III, according to Andrew McDonald, CIMMYT Cropping Systems Agronomist a …


Climate-smart agriculture to combat global warming

March 23, 2015

Agriculture has the potential to be “part of the solution to reduce the impact of climate change,” according to Dr. R.S. Paroda, Chairman of the Trust for Advancement of Agricultural Sciences, who was …


CSISA hosts regional cross-learning event on sustainable intensification

February 10, 2015

Irmgard Hoeschle-Zeledon, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) from Africa RISING speaks at the event. Developing a global ‘community of practice’ for sustainable intensification (SI …


Tracking the adoption patterns in maize and legume farming system in Ethiopia

July 19, 2013

Myths and cultural practices can block farmers’ acceptance of a new technology, particularly the principles of reduced tillage, residue retention, and cropping rotations that underlie conservation agr …